Where were you on September 11, 2001?

by admin on September 11, 2009

On September 11, 2001 I was running the audit at Martin Public Schools. Around nine o’clock the school secretary came into the conference room where we were working and told us that we needed to turn on the television. She had heard some disturbing reports of an airliner that crashed into a skyscraper in New York City on the radio.

We turned on the television and stared in disbelief at the black smoke pouring from the Twin Towers and the gaping holes from where two hijacked airliners had smashed. We numbly kept working on the audit as we kept watching for updates and could not believe it when one of the towers collapsed just before 10am and the second one followed at 10:30.

Even though I knew my wife was okay I just had the urge to talk to her and hear her voice. I just needed something ‘normal’ and tangible to hold on to.

By lunchtime things were pretty scary as we had heard about the attack on the Pentagon and the plane that had crashed in a Pennsylvania field. No one knew if/when the next attack would come and what exactly was going on.

On the way to lunch we saw lines of people at gas stations. The gas stations were charging over $3 per gallon for gas. The average price of gas was $1.79 on September 10, 2001 and we all wondered just how high the price was going to go.

On the way back to Lansing from Martin every single gas station we saw had a line of people willing to pay over $3 a gallon. It was eerie to see a blue sky devoid of vapor trails from jets as all flights had been grounded due to the attacks. I finally was able to get in touch with my wife (cell phone networks had been overloaded that day) and she asked if I thought she should get some gas in case it went higher or gas stations ran out of supply. I told her that the best solution was to remain calm and wait things out.

We were supposed to go out to dinner to celebrate her birthday, but due to the circumstances we stayed home and watched the news instead. Later that night I talked to my parents and reassured them that we were fine.

It was a day that just made me want to be surrounded by loved ones. It was a day that the world changed for all of us. It was a day of sadness for those who lost their lives.

Where were you, when the world stopped turning that September day?

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